Last edited 26 Jun 2017

Section engineer

The term ‘engineer’ is a very broad one, covering a wide range of disciplines who use the sciences and mathematics to develop solutions for technical applications. Typically on a construction project, a structural engineer and building services engineer will be part of the core consultant team.

The role of a section engineer is to lead a team of site engineers, usually on civil engineering and infrastructure projects. They are responsible for all engineering matters related to a project or specific part of a project, such as a road or tunnel.

The typical roles and responsibilities of a section engineer might include:

  • Producing detailed reports and providing technical information.
  • Coordinating and supervising site investigation works and planning.
  • Surveying and setting out.
  • Scheduling materials for ordering.
  • Organising site operations in accordance with the agreed programme.
  • Liaising with consultants and subcontractors.
  • Monitoring the work of site operatives and subcontractors.
  • Ensuring adherence of health and safety requirements.
  • Arranging testing of materials.
  • Resolving any technical problems that may arise.

Some of the skills that a section engineer should have include:

  • Effective communication skills.
  • The ability to manage a variety of stakeholders.
  • The ability to to work collaboratively.
  • An effective leader.
  • A good problem solver.
  • Able to plan and prioritise to achieve the programme.
  • Able to respond to change and allocate resources accordingly.

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